Evert: Bouchard has champion qualities

Tennis legend Chris Evert believes that Canadian star Eugenie Bouchard has what it takes to do well in the grand slam tournaments including Roland Garros which starts on Sunday in Paris.

In 2013, the 22-year-old Bouchard announced herself on the world stage by reaching the semifinals of the Internationaux de Strasbourg and then made her first Grand Slam main draw appearance at Roland Garros losing to defending champion and world No. 2 Maria Sharapova in the second round.

Then shortly after at Wimbledon she reached the third round losing to Carla Suárez Navarro and was voted the TA Newcomer of the Year in 2013.

In 2014, she won several titles and reached the semifinals at the Australian Open and Roland Garros before making her first grand slam final at Wimbledon losing against Petra Kvitová and ending the year ranked in the top five.

The 2015 WTA season was one to forget for Bouchard as she fell out of the top 50 due to early tournament losses, lack of confidence and a coaching change.

But in 2016, the Canadian’s form is on the rise and recently she defeated Australian Open winner Angelique Kerber at the Italian Open.

In an interview with Tennis World, tennis expert Evert feels that Bouchard is quite capable of causing a few surprises at Roland Garros and the other grand slam tournament.

“I think she has the game to make it deep into the Grand Slams,” Evert said. “Once a champion, always a champion, and I think she has champion qualities as far as the mental aspect of the game.

“A couple of years ago I saw the grit and the determination and the confidence that she had. There is no reason she can’t get that.”

“When you have never achieved anything you come out and you are fearless because you have nothing to lose,” Evert said. “She is now in a different stage of her career.

“She has gone through adversity and losses and some emotional challenges. She has to be more thoughtful and plan out what her strategy is.

“I think entering a lot of tournaments is a good ploy because she needs to win matches to get that confidence back. You don’t just snap your fingers.”

Bouchard’s first round opponent at Roland Garros is Laura Siegemund of Germany who she faces on Monday.

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